The unique health benefits of ginkgo include its ability to improve cognition, treat Alzheimer’s and dementia, relieve depression, and boost circulation. Use of ginkgo helps lower blood pressure, boost vision and heart health, alleviate pain, protect the nervous system, prevent cancer, and delay aging. It is also used to reduce the symptoms of PMS, erectile dysfunction, asthma, hemorrhoids, altitude sickness, tinnitus, vertigo, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia.
Ginkgos are large trees, normally reaching a height of 20–35 m (66–115 ft), with some specimens in China being over 50 m (160 ft). The tree has an angular crown and long, somewhat erratic branches, and is usually deep rooted and resistant to wind and snow damage. Young trees are often tall and slender, and sparsely branched; the crown becomes broader as the tree ages. During autumn, the leaves turn a bright yellow, then fall, sometimes within a short space of time (one to 15 days). A combination of resistance to disease, insect-resistant wood and the ability to form aerial roots and sprouts makes ginkgos long-lived, with some specimens claimed to be more than 2,500 years old.
Once the water has reached the maximum boiling point add the dried leaves of ginkgo biloba, cover the pot or pan and let it boil for at least 5 minutes. It is important that once those minutes have passed you turn off the heat and let the mixture stand for some 10 minutes so all components and properties of the plant are soaked in the infusion that you will drink. Finally you just have to strain the mixture to remove all traces of the ginkgo biloba leaves and pour it into a jug. As simple as that! In a just a moment you will have your infusion of ginkgo biloba tea from leaves ready to drink. We recommend drinking two cups a day after meals, not more than this dose because excessive consumption could cause an allergic reaction, headaches or an upset stomach.
Ginkgo biloba , when monitored in appropriate dosages, can be effective in reducing tinnitus. Ringing in the ears is a symptom of many underlying issues, including circulatory disorders. Ginkgo leaf contains antioxidants and promotes circulation. The flavonoids and terpenoids in it protect the nerves, heart muscles, and blood vessels from free radicals, thereby preventing the phantom noises that irritate the ear.
Ginkgo relieves those suffering from cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. There have been measurable improvements in the cognitive ability and activity, primarily due to the antioxidant compounds in GBE, including terpenoids and flavonoids. These components stimulate neural activity and keep cognitive pathways fresh and clear of amyloid plaque. They also aid in reducing the symptoms of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.
Studies suggest that ginkgo biloba has an ability to increase memory and retention, boost focus, and stimulate creative thinking. The controversy, of course, stems from whether this is a placebo effect, since the medicinal benefits of this old plant are commonly known, but millions of people around the world turn ginkgo for a brain boost. It also helps relieves the symptoms of schizophrenia. Indeed an amazing herb!
Research has shown that ginkgo biloba is able to increase blood vessel dilation and stimulate blood flow to extremities in the body, including the skin and essential organs, properly oxygenating the entire body and boosting energy and strength. This increase in blood flow also helps those who suffer from claudication or poor circulation, allowing them to walk longer distances without pain. Due to its anti-clotting effect and the anti-inflammatory properties, GBE is also taken by those who suffer from gout.
Ginkgo is very beneficial for people suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). A study conducted on 22 people showed positive results and GBE reduced symptoms of MS including fatigue. The immune system attacks the protective covering of the nerve cells in this disease. This damage interrupts the ability of the nervous system to communicate with other parts of the body, resulting in many disorders.
Studies have confirmed that ginkgo biloba prevents altitude sickness. Also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), this form of physical distress is normally seen in people who venture from sea level to elevations more than 2000 meters.
The second most common reason for using ginkgo biloba is its powerful effect on vision. The antioxidants present in ginkgo help keep the ocular system clear of oxidative stress, thereby preventing macular degeneration and cataracts. Also, for people who suffer from glaucoma and other vision defects, GBE has actually shown to improve vision and increase long-distance sight capacity.
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